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Top 10 Tuesday: My Top 10 Favourite Books of 2017

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Tis the season for yearly wrap-up posts. I will likely mention the following books in upcoming posts, but I really wanted to participate in this weeks TTT. As it is only early in December, there may be more books that I would add to this list.

Without further delay here are my favourite books that I have read so far in 2017. (In chronological order)

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

 A Race to Splendor by Ciji Ware 


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford


The Empress Holds the Key by Gabriel Farago


The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen


The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan


Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by JK Rowling


The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo


Down, Then Up: A Novella by Beth Labonte

 

If you participated in this weeks TTT, please leave me your link below. 

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My Life in Books Tag

My Life in Books Tag

I came across this tag on Rebel Mommy Book Blog, however it was created by Rantings of a Reading Addict. 

Find a Book for Each of Your Initials 

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The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Count Your Age on the Shelf. Which book is it? 

Because all my books are in storage, I used my Goodreads (All) shelf

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Where Are You Now by Mary Higgins Clark

Pick a book set in your city

The setting of Marketville is based on Newmarket, Ontario. 

 

Skeletons in the Attic (Marketville Mystery #1) by Judy Penz Sheluk

Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.

Alaska 

Submerged (Alaskan Courage, #1) by Dani Pettrey

Pick a book that’s your favourite colour

Purple 

Smokin’ Seventeen (Stephanie Plum, #17) by Janet Evanovich

Which book do you have the fondest memories of? 

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1) by Meg Cabot

Which book did you find the most difficult reading?

Due to the subject manner.

 

See Jane Run by Joy Fielding

Which book on your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) by J.K. Rowling

 

Have you read any of these books? If you participate in this tag too, leave me your link in the comments. 

Personal Post · Wrap-ups

Monthly Wrap-up: November 2017

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November started off well here, but ended with a cold that hit my whole family. However it didn’t dampen the Christmas spirit that is starting to build. I got a good start on my Christmas shopping, which is surprising. The Christmas lights are up and we’ve been watching some fun movies and festive television shows. Those cheesy Hallmark movies are such a guilty pleasure of mine.

One thing that has always kicked off the festive season (for me) is watching the Toronto Santa Claus Parade on television. This year I was able to share that tradition with my son Charles. Sure he didn’t understand what we were watching, nor did he really pay much attention to what was on, but it was nice all the same. The holidays this year are going to be so special as it will be his first Christmas.

I’m satisfied with my reading progress this month and the quality of the books I read was good. Being sick sucks, but it allowed me to spend some more time reading. I finally finished reading The Measure of Katie Calloway, which I’ve slowly been making progress with on Kindle for PC, for quite a while now.

Books Completed

  • Down, Then Up: A Novella by Beth Labonte
    ♥♥♥♥ 4/5
    Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Novella
  • The Measure of Katie Calloway (Michigan Northwoods, #1) by Serena B. Miller
    ♥♥♥.5  3.5/5
    Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction
  • The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas 
    ♥♥♥.5  3.5/5
    Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction
    SENT FOR REVIEW

The Stats 

Total Number of Books Read: 3
Total Number of Fiction: 3
Total Number of Non-fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 1
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 2
Total Library Books Read: 0

Formats Read:

Physical Books: 0
eBooks: 3
Audio Books: 0

Total Books Read in 2017: 25 

Currently Reading

December TBR

I hope you all had a wonderful November and happy reading!

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Books Hauls

Book Haul: August-September 2017

Today I would like to share the books I have accumulated over the past couple of months.

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Have any of these titles caught your eye? I’d love to hear from you so leave me a message in the comments.

Linking up with Stacking the Shelves

Books Hauls

Book Haul: July 2017

I think I found my new favourite bookstore. And it isn’t even a bookstore at all. Last month I was in Value Village thrift store and decided to check out their book section. I was so pleasantly surprised by the selection they had.

This is what I picked up..

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  • Spanish Holiday: Or How I Transformed the Worst Vacation Ever into the Best Summer of My Life by Kate Cann

    Dear Bella and Bobby,

    Thank you SO MUCH for letting us stay at your villa. It’s gorgeous, and we’re having a fab time looking after it and enjoying the view of the mountains and the lovely olive grove. I figured out the bus to Ercos on the first day here — it’s as easy as you said! And Miguel’s son Juan is helping us take care of everything, so you needn’t worry at all!

    Love,
    Laura

  • The Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham 

    Everything’s coming up roses for Fleur Daxeny, as she goes through more rich men than she does designer hats… if that’s humanly possible. Beautiful, charming, and utterly irresistible, her success at crashing funerals to find wealthy men is remarkable. But behind Fleur’s Harvey Nichols wardrobe, is a woman with a mysterious past.

    Fleur wastes no time in seducing her latest conquest, the handsome and rich widower Richard Favour, and she swoops into his life like a designer-clad tornado. His children are caught up in a whirlwind as their father’s new girlfriend descends on the family estate leaving chaos and excitement in her perfume-scented wake. Soon, more than one family member is suspicious of Fleur’s true intentions.

    Fleur is not one to wear her heart on her Chanel sleeves, but she soon finds herself embracing Richard and his lovable family. But just as Fleur contemplates jumping off the gold-digger train for good and enjoying the ride of true love, a long-buried secret from her past threatens to destroy her new family. Fleur is thrown into a race against time to prove herself to Richard before it’s too late.  Can she trust her heart or will she cut ties and run away as fast as her Prada pumps can take her?

    Take a wild and marvelous ride with The Gatecrasher, whose clever, chic, and sassy style will leave you desperately wanting more wonderful Wickham!

  • Baby Proof by Emily Giffin 

    From the author of the smash hits Something Borrowed and Something Blue comes a novel that explores the question: is there ever a deal-breaker when it comes to true love?

    First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes . . . a baby carriage? Isn’t that what all women want?

    Not so for Claudia Parr. And just as she gives up on finding a man who feels the same way, she meets warm, wonderful Ben. Things seem too good to be true when they fall in love and agree to buck tradition with a satisfying, child-free marriage. Then the unexpected occurs: one of them has a change of heart. One of them wants children after all.

    This is the witty, heartfelt story about what happens to the perfect couple when they suddenly want different things. It’s about feeling that your life is set and then realizing that nothing is as you thought it was—and that there is no possible compromise. It’s about deciding what is most important in life, and taking chances to get it. But most of all, it’s about the things we will do—and won’t do—for love.

  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

    Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

    But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments below.

Currently Reading

Currently Reading: August 14, 2017

My Reading Progress

Lately I have been feeling slightly slumpish when it comes to reading. In the past couple of weeks I have started and abandoned the following two books..

Normally I am very reluctant to DNF a book, as I feel that if I invested the time into reading a significant chunk of it, I might as well finish. So it was strange for me to give up on two books in such a short time. My reasoning for each DNF’ing these books are explained in the links I provided. I just felt like my time was better spent moving on to something more enjoyable. Thankfully the next two books I chose were more to my liking.

I completed my re-read of The Luxe by Anna Godbersen. I decided to pick this one up to refresh myself before continuing on to the sequel Rumors (Luxe, #2).  After reading this for a second time, my thoughts and rating are still the same. While this novel kept my attention, it definitely didn’t wow me. I hope that I will enjoy book two more.

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Rating: 3/5
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Currently Reading

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The Measure of Katie Calloway (Michigan Northwoods, #1) by Serena B. Miller

With another busy week ahead of me, I hope that I can at least make a small dent in this book, but only time will tell.

I’d love to know what you are all reading this week. Leave me a message in the comments below. 

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